The Toyota 4Runner was made for off-road enthusiasts and other thrill-seekers with its durable construction and strong performance. But it also comes with significant drawbacks as an everyday vehicle, or one that you would want to drive on a road trip or use for the daily work commute. The 2018 Kia Sorento is a fellow midsize SUV which comes with more available power, better fuel economy, and superior entertainment and technology features, making it a vehicle that conquers both off-road and on-road pursuits.
The 2018 Sorento comes in seven trim levels, six which are available in all-wheel drive versions for off-road fun. It also starts out with 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway and comes with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. How does the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, with its similar size and power, fare in comparison? Not well at all, when you consider the 2018 Sorento has more peak horsepower with 290 to the 4Runner's 270, and better fuel economy – the 2018 4Runner averages at best 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway.
|2018 Kia Sorento||Vs.||2018 Toyota 4Runner|
|21, 28||Base MPG (city, highway)||17, 21|
|5,000||Max. Towing (pounds)||5,000|
|146.4 to 154.2||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||128.0|
|Yes / Yes||Available Apple CarPlay / Android Auto?||No / No|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2017?||No|
|Yes||U.S. News & World Report's "Best Cars for the Money" list in 2017?||No|
From what we've seen so far, it's becoming clear why the Kia Sorento was named one of the "Best Cars for the Money" by U.S. News & World Report for the 2017 model year, while the 2018 4Runner simply is not even close to the value the Sorento brings. For the 2018 Kia Sorento, you also have a more-spacious interior for up to seven; you get available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for syncing up with compatible smartphones; you also get the industry's longest warranty with 10 years or 100,000 miles of limited powertrain coverage. The 2018 4Runner does not come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, though it has the Entune package for audio and tech; and it also has a shorter warranty for parts coverage, with 5 years or 60,000 miles for limited powertrain coverage, for example.
If you're looking for a midsize SUV, the choice is clear, with the better fuel savings, performance and features of the 2018 Kia Sorento! We're happy to keep this affordable, spacious SUV in stock, and we would love to show you a Sorento on our lot at Boucher Kia of Racine, 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, though we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information regarding the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive.